How to Track Santa's Journey Today on iPhone and iPad

As it has done in previous holiday seasons, Google today began tracking Santa's journey on the web, mobile web for iOS, as well as on Android mobile and Android TV. With the tool, you can easily track Santa's trip as he delivers presents around the world in real time, including an estimated arrival time for your specific area. This marks Google's thirteenth year of tracking Santa's journey.

To start tracking, open a web browsing app on your iPhone or iPad (Safari and Chrome support the mobile optimized tracker), and then visit the official website for Google Santa Tracker. On both mobile and desktop, the site will show you a live map of Santa's location, his next stop, a live video feed of his trip, and an estimated arrival time for your area.


If you scroll down you can see pictures of the places he's already visited, more details about these locations, a live count of the gifts he's delivered, and more. Google last year added these features into its main Google Maps app for iOS, but as of writing the Santa tracker does not appear to be in the iOS app this year.

Of course, there are plenty of other Santa tracking services and apps on the App Store, including NORAD Tracks Santa Claus [Direct Link]. NORAD's Santa tracking app is mainly a countdown timer that links you out to the mobile web when you want to start tracking the journey.

Similar to Google, NORAD details where Santa was last seen, where he's heading to next, and how many gifts he's delivered. You can also interact with a 360-degree video feed of Santa's sleigh as he makes his journey around the Earth. If you're on Mac or other desktop computers, you can visit NORAD's full Santa tracking website right here.

At the time of writing, Santa was last seen over the Andaman Sea and heading to Thailand.



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21 months ago
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! :)
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21 months ago
This explains why Rudolph has a red nose - it's to signify he has a built-in cell connection/GPS for tracking purposes. The other reindeer are wi-fi only.
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21 months ago
Even from India, there’s something magical about Santa Claus. It’s beautiful to believe. Merry Christmas Everyone!
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21 months ago
Kids these days are so lucky to have stuff like this. I wish there was something like this when I was a kid.
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21 months ago
I saw that documentary Elf last week, that focused on the lives of sad folks who don't believe in Santa. Powerful film, important issue!!
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21 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! :)

Thanks for an informative, entertaining 2017!
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21 months ago

Theres no Santa Clause in Germany so this counter is wrong. Sent from my gift :D

There is a Santa Claus though.
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21 months ago

Who ever still believes here in Santa also believes that Apple is doing the right thing by throttling our phone. Also believes that Apple’s $1000 iPhone pricing is justifiable.


One more for the naughty list!
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21 months ago

So at what age do you tell your kids that you've been lying to them forever? Or do you leave that up to their playground peers?

We celebrate Christmas as Jesus' birthday, which puts Santa as a helpful sidekick and our 3 1/2 year old doesn't seem to care if Santa is real or not, lol.
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21 months ago
I wonder what the average age is on Macrumors? ;)
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